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A GUIDE TO USING NATURAL STONE: LIMESTONE & TRAVERTINE

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Travertine

Travertine is a form of limestone deposited from mineral springs and known for its aged look.  The Romans used travertine for building temples, bath complexes and amphitheatres.  One example is the Colosseum, the largest building in the world that is constructed of mostly travertine.  It’s been used in exterior applications but is not suitable in areas with extreme changes in temperature. Travertine is used for interior wall and floor applications.  Travertine is not recommended for countertops due to its high acid sensitivity.

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Mosaic Latte Honned

Tile Travertine Silver

 

Tile Latte Versaille Pattern Straight Edge & Brushed

Slab Ocean Black Honed

Limestone

Limestone is a sedimentary stone composed mainly of Calcium Carbonate and known for its earth tones.  It has been used for many landmarks around the world.  One example is the Great Pyramid.  Although most Limestones are not frost resistant, there are some types that are.   Most Limestones have a relatively high absorption rate and sensitivity to acid that makes them a risky choice for countertops.  Owners should ensure careful use and meticulous maintenance.  Most commonly used for interior flooring and wall cladding.  Sealing is highly recommended.

Similar to marble, these stones should be isolated from any stress or other in-plane movement cracks in the substrate with the use of Flextile Flexilastic 1000 or FlexMat Uncoupling Membrane. Flextile 52 Versatile, 66 FlexLite, 56SR and 61 Full Coverage mortars are suitable bond coats, with the 66 and 56SR being the preferred options for vertical/wall applications. These stones are absorptive and require sealing or the use of a grout release prior to grouting in most instances.

Mosaic Blue 3D Interlocking linear pattern 

Tile Azul Al 

Slab Zebra Grey Polished

Slab Antique Gold Honed

Slab Lagos Gold Honed

A GUIDE TO USING NATURAL STONE: QUARTZITE

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Quartzite is a stone that many prefer to marble due to its superior hardness.  It is popular for kitchen countertops, vanities, bar tops, wall features and some flooring applications.  Maintain the beauty of your Quartzite stone with proper maintenance and cleaning. Sealing is recommended.

Use only care and maintenance products that are specifically designed for natural stone. General purpose cleaners contain acids, ammonia and abrasives that can discolour, stain, dissolve, or dull the finish of the stone.

Quartzite is a dense stone, requiring a higher latex/polymer content mortar for the bond coat, such as Flextile 66 FlexLite, 5400 Maxi-Flex, 51/44, or where larger format pieces are being installed, 56SR and 61 Full Coverage mortars.

Explore our Quartzite products below:

Cristallo Slab

Carbon Black Leather Tile

White Marcaubas

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Palomino Slab

Allure Royale Slab

Python Slab

Avalanche Tile

A GUIDE TO USING NATURAL STONE: MARBLE

Monday, September 25, 2017

Used as building materials since ancient times, marble is a metamorphic stone used for building palaces, timeless monuments, and government buildings. You can typically find marble where you find mountains. It’s commonly quarried in Italy, India, China, Greece, Spain, and Turkey.  Due to its high calcium content and vulnerability to acids,  it’s not a popular choice for outdoor applications in colder climates and even indoor applications where the stone is exposed to acids (e.g. countertops). Owners should ensure careful maintenance to extend its appearance. Recommended applications for marble include interior floors, walls, hearths, vanities and much more. Just ensure that there is proper cleaning and maintenance of the stone. Marble’s durability is proven by the ancient structures that still stand.

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Being a softer stone, marble is susceptible to cracks in the substrate transferring through, so the use of a crack Isolation system such as Flextile Flexilastic 1000 or FlexMat Uncoupling Membrane should be considered if in-plane movement cracks are present in the substrate. Most of Flextile’s Latex/Polymer Modified Mortars are suitable for installing marble, with Flextile 66 FlexLite, 56SR and 61 Full Coverage mortars being preferable for larger sizes, and the White versions recommended for all light and medium colours. Some Green coloured marbles and the like are susceptible to curling and spalling when exposed to moisture during the installation/curing stages. They require a 100% solids Epoxy bond coat such as FlexEpoxy 100. Marble is also prone to staining and scratching when grouting and should be sealed with an appropriate sealer prior to grouting.  In most instances, marble should be grouted with Flextile 500 Unsanded Grout.

Explore some of our favourite marble tile and slab products below: 

Statuario Polished Tile and Slab

Blue Savoie Honed Tile and Slab

Black Serpentino Polished Tile and Slab

Cinderella Grey Tumbled Mosaic 

Port Black Polished Composite Tile and Slab

Corinthian Beige Polished Slab

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